Wednesday 21 February 2018

Lilies ponder Kieran McGeeney U-turn

Axed Kildare manager unlikely to be drawn back into potential new vote despite players' support

A sign posted at the gates of Hawkfield GAA club lends its support to Kieran McGeeney
A sign posted at the gates of Hawkfield GAA club lends its support to Kieran McGeeney
Kieran McGeeney has been voted out as Kildare football manager
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

A five-man executive committee set up to find a successor to Kieran McGeeney are likely to take soundings in the coming days over the prospect of a second vote to reinstate McGeeney as Kildare manager.

The committee was put in place shortly after McGeeney's removal to find a successor but a players' statement, issued by the Gaelic Players Association yesterday, calling for McGeeney's reinstatement looks set to be the first item on the agenda.

There were indications last night that some delegates and clubs may be willing to soften their position towards the former Armagh captain and back any fresh proposal for one more year.

It is estimated that 11 of the county's 16 senior clubs voted against him on Tuesday night while four members of the executive also went against him.

But it's unlikely that McGeeney would allow himself to be drawn back into any potential County Board vote again.

In their statement, the players hit out at their "dysfunctional County Board lacking in leadership and unity" that "let us down" and called for McGeeney to be restored.

"Our ultimate wish is that last Tuesday night's decision is overturned and that negotiations are immediately opened with Kieran McGeeney to reinstate him and his management team for 2014," they said.

They also outlined that they would bring forward proposals for their preferred framework for future managerial appointments.

However, the players did not indicate what action they would be prepared to take if their wishes were not acceded to, though potential strike action is understood not to be part of their thinking.

There are also suggestions that patrons of Club Kildare, the supporters club, have threatened to withdraw financial support on the back of McGeeney's removal.

The chairman of the Supporters Club spoke strongly in McGeeney's favour on Tuesday night.

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